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Sometimes we just don’t want to grow up and face realities.

The nature of our music and stories is that we choose to approach it with a naivete. There is an awe and wonder in our imaginations about what we do, that keeps us from looking closely and critically at it. If we did, we might want to change things.

What if more of life was experienced from that place of innocence, where everything is delightful and anything is possible. Awe-some.

Check out our related story at Uncommon Promise


I know better
Or at least I should have
Every time things go awry
I’m taken by surprise again
Just as if I were an innocent

I’m no-nonsense
Follow rhyme with reason
Yet I try to keep a sense
Of wonder in the everyday
Hoping not to stray too far from innocence

There were times when
My heart has been broken
Still I choose to remain open to what may be

There are times when
In the face of hardship
Pure and simple is the bravest way to be

Pure and simple is the daring way to be

Through the windows
Of my eyes wide open
You can see into my soul
By looking closely you will find
Someone who reminds you of an innocent
Forever to remain an innocent


from Masterpiece, track released February 1, 2010
Cheryl Martlage - Lyrics and vocals
Emerson Martlage - Music, guitar and vocals
Mr Toad's San Francisco - Mastering


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Cheryl and Emerson Martlage San Diego, California

At the age of 48, and after 25 years of marriage, we headed to a secluded town for 6 weeks, to create a new relationship and begin again.

When we arrived as if by magic, we co-wrote our first song ever— "Never Sleep," evoking the mystery and magic of the new adventure. Twenty years later, we're still making music. Join us on our musical storytelling as the adventure continues to unfold
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